Unsupervised Feature Learning for low-level Local Image Descriptors

Christian Osendorfer, Justin Bayer, Patrick van der Smagt

Jan 20, 2013 (modified: Jan 20, 2013) ICLR 2013 conference submission readers: everyone
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  • Abstract: Unsupervised feature learning has shown impressive results for a wide range of input modalities, in particular for object classification tasks in computer vision. Using a large amount of unlabeled data, unsupervised feature learning methods are utilized to construct high-level representations that are discriminative enough for subsequently trained supervised classification algorithms. However, it has never been quantitatively investigated yet how well unsupervised learning methods can find low-level representations for image patches without any supervised refinement. In this paper we examine the performance of pure unsupervised methods on a low-level correspondence task, a problem that is central to many Computer Vision applications. We find that a special type of Restricted Boltzmann Machines performs comparably to hand-crafted descriptors. Additionally, a simple binarization scheme produces compact representations that perform better than several state-of-the-art descriptors.